high altitude course

On one hand, this high altitude course in expedition form will teach you the necessary basics, such as safety and rescue techniques to be able to organize on your own easy high altitude tours. On the other hand we will camp in expedition style on the glacier. 

A hands-on training of the extra class, for true adventurers!

Duration: 3 days

Wo: Furka Gebiet, Schweiz

Wann: July 2021

Price: CHF 890.- p.P.

Date: June to September

Free places left

Adventure ID: 04/202201​​​​​​​

Country/Region: Switzerland, Uri

Meeting point: Obergoms, 3999

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Participants: 3-8 guests

Services: 2x overnight in expedition tents,

3x half-board, group material

Requirements: 

Ability to walk for 5-8 hours a day carrying heavy backpacks (up to 20 kg)​​​​​​​

Your adventure guide: 


Paul

Mountain Guide with Confederation Certificate

Intended Schedule:

 

Day 1 - 08:00

We meet at the "Grotte De Glace" in Obergoms and distribute the equipment among members. We receive an introduction to the safe walking technique with crampons. Soon we will all be secured to the rope and hike through crevasses and small watercourses. After about 3 hours of hiking we reach our base camp at 2680 m and enjoy a warming expedition style vegetarian dinner. We gaze at the stars and discuss again the techniques and aspects used to reach Base Camp safely.

 

Day 2 - 07:30

Early Bird Catches the Worm! After breakfast we start with the training modules crevasse rescue and walking in steep terrain with ice axe and crampons. By doing so, we will slowly head up the majestic Dammastock peak. With its 3630 m, this is the highest mountain in the canton of Uri. The view from the ridge is unique and the last steeper meters are easily manageable even for first-time alpinists.

 

15:00

We descend and have a snack break. Depending on the weather condition and energy of all members, we choose a flat area where we can set up the second base camp at about 3000m. Now it is time to discuss again the techniques used, so that everyone is able to do easy high altitude tours by himself after the course. After an expedition style dinner we will go for some well deserved sleep.

 

Day 3 - 07:30

Breakfast time! We pack our gear and slowly descend to the starting point.
Depending on the amount of crevasses this can take up to 5 hours. In between we will take some snack breaks.

As soon as we reach the meeting point in Obergoms safe and sound, we redistribute the equipment and finish our epic expedition training in the icy fields of the Rhone glacier.

Execution: 

We will confirm if the tour is taking place per e-mail latest:

if it's a weekend tour 1 day before it begins (from 11:00)

if it's a multi day tour 2 days before it begins (from 17:00)

After the tour: 

We'll email you direct links to the photo upload/download and our feedback form.

Material



Clothing:

  • Hard shell jacket
  • Spare underwear (the warmest and thickest you have)
  • Thick mountain pants, warm base layers and sweater
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Beanie and warm gloves


Miscellaneous:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream, sun hat
  • 2 water bottles
  • Plaster and Compeed
  • Ev. camera and power bank
  • High ankle, stiff and waterproof hiking boots
  • Backpack (80-100l)


Technical equipment:

  • Trekking poles
  • Crampons that fit your boots
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing harness
  • Glacier set (Grigri or Micro Traxion, webbing sling 60 cm, webbing sling 120 cm, 2x prusik sling, 2x HMS carabiners, 2x ice screws)
  • Other climbing material, if available


For the overnight stay:

  • Heavy sleeping bag (Comfort temp. -10°/20°)
  • Sleeping pad (Insulated preferably)
  • Foam pad
  • Cutlery (Fork/Knife/Spoon/Cup/Bowl)
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries (reduced to the minimum)

  • Other camping material, if available


Catering:

  • Snacks: These will be eaten between breakfast and dinner, pack enough for the days of the tour. Dried fruit, chocolate, cheese, wholemeal bread and energy bars suit well. To avoid your backpack from being too heavy, try not to bring too much food with you.
  • Half-Board: Vegetarian dinner/breakfast is included in this tour. As a commitment to animal welfare, we do not offer fish/meat. We still try our best to keep the menu as exciting as possible despite logistical difficulties. Please notify us in advance of any special dietary needs. We will communicate the menu in the confirmation mail.


Covid-19 measures:

  • 100ml disinfectant
  • Protective masks (2 per day)


Rental equipment:

  • Trekking Poles, CHF 15.00
  • Climbing harness, CHF 20.00
  • Crampons, CHF 20.00
  • Ice axe, CHF 15.00
  • Glacier climbing set, CHF 50.00
  • Insulated sleeping pad, CHF 25.00
  • Winter sleeping bag, CHF 30.00 (comfort temp. -15°)
  • Private expedition tent, CHF 35.00 

Before the tour:

It is mandatory to read the last information about your tour 1 day before the tour starts (from 11am). We will email you at the mentioned time.

Free places left

On request 

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Any question left?

Not sure if your skills fulfill the requirements above?

I will be happy to help you!

Stefania

travel@expedtribe.com

+41 766 10 10 26

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